Christmas in USA
US is a huge country with an incredibly diverse culture, traditions
and customs. Not surprisingly, this diversity in traditions and
customs is well reflected in the Christmas celebration in the
country. However with the passage of time, Christmas in US has
acquired a distinct identity that is typically American.
As far as Christmas celebration
in US is concerned, British flovour rule the roost. But other
communities who have settled in US in due course of time celebrate
Christmas in their own way.
America is the home of Santa
Claus. The transfer of Father Christmas to Santa took place in
America. Santa Claus has existed in many forms for many centuries.
The history of Santa Claus traces its origin in the 3rd century
AD when he was associated with a man called Saint Nicholas, the
Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor, present day in Turkey. Legend has
it that Saint Nicholas was famous for his charity and wisdom.
The popularity of St Nicholas
reached the shores of America by the 18th century with the Dutch
families, who knew him as 'Sinter Klaas', which later got transformed
to 'Santa Claus'. Pictures of a plump and kindly Santa Claus were
first drawn by cartoonist Thomas Nast in the 1860s. From then
this image of Santa Claus has become ingrained in the minds of
the people throughout the world.
People in US use pop-corn threaded on string to help decorate
their Christmas Tree.
In New England which comprises the American States of Massachusetts,
Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine, there
are shops called 'Christmas Shops' are found round the year and
only sell Christmas decorations and toys.
Americans also like to decorate the outsides of their houses with
lights and sometimes even statues of Father Christmas, Reindeer